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Who Is Tina Brown to Lecture on NPR About the 'Degradation of Journalistic Ideals'?

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For the last two years, NPR has offered Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown a monthly "Must Reads" feature on Morning Edition. Last week, she posed as the guardian of journalistic ideals as she trashed the late Andrew Breitbart (who "dropped dead," she sneered like a female Christopher Hitchens). So much for the sonorous civility of NPR, putting on this British-accented guttersnipe.

Does anyone at NPR want to suggest what Newsweek has done under Tina Brown is a crusade against the "degradation of journalistic ideals"? This was the last cover story, complete with a naked lady in a blindfold on the cover: "The Fantasy Life of Working Women: Why Surrender Is a Feminist Dream." It was a cover story on career women with sexual fantasies of wanting to be spanked!

"Spanking goes mainstream," was the website headline. It's like someone put a Newsweek cover on a Cosmopolitan.

Or as Brown described her trend-mulling in her "Periscope" editor's column, "dominant American women are now secretly fantazising about reverting to the sexually submissive role of Butterfly-era courtesans. This is one message, at least, of the startling success of the book Fifty Shades of Grey. Katie Roiphe terms E.L. James's novel this 'watered-down, skinny vanilla latte version of sadomasochism.'"

Come to think of it, that quote almost perfectly defines Newsweek's journalism since Tina Brown took it over.

Here's how Brown lectured Breitbart on NPR:

Well, of course, you know, during Hitler's Germany, there were 50 foreign correspondents for America in Berlin, which is an incredible index of the golden era of journalism. What we have, of course, in the era today with Andrew Breitbart, the blogger, the right-wing radical blogger who just recently dropped dead in the early 40s, was, of course, the absolute opposite.

It's really the degradation, in a sense, of the journalistic ideals of a William Shirer. It was the absolute opposite. Breitbart didn't report anything, really. What Breitbart did was he was a provocateur. He was a death by a thousand tweets. He, you know, was quite happy to take the flying soundbite, any soundbite, and misapply it in his context and create an absolute mayhem for the person concerned, like he did for poor Shirley Sherrod, who was the obscure official in the Agriculture Department. He gave the impression, by the cutting of her words in a tape that he released, that she was giving racially motivated financing decisions, when actually, she was doing the very opposite. So this was really using a kind of bastardization of journalism through the format of Web and tweeting and, you know, just simply using the Internet as a tool for activism.

Breitbart didn't include all the context of Sherrod's story of how she wanted to deny whites loans (but reconsidered). But after the edits, you could still find Sherrod running down whites who opposed ObamaCare in the Tea Party.

Here's one reason why NPR deeply enjoyed Tina Brown running down Breitbart, as the website had the decency to mention (a little revenge):

[Editor's note: Breitbart was closely associated with James O'Keefe, the conservative activist whose secret recordings led to the resignations of senior NPR officials in the spring of 2011.]


#1 If Breitbart had been a

If Breitbart had been a liberal, Tina Brown would have argued that he was a great loss and "everything that is right about journalism today." What a bitter leftist ghoul.

#2 Degradation Of Journalistic Ideals??

I actually thought that this was the new name of Newsweek.....

#3 You have to cut the so-called

You have to cut the so-called journalists some slack. They think 'journalistic ideals' means doing anything as a political arm to advance the Demorroihd she's right, in a sense.

#4 What a strange, hateful woman.

She appears on the brink of implosion at any time. It wouldn't spoil my day if she did.

#5 More evidence of the left's war on Conservative Women

I swear, you can't make this up:

It's too bad M.S.S.R. (M-BS-NBC)'s expert on the war on Women by the name of Krystall Ball (who is hell bent on getting Rush Limbaugh off the air but appears on Ed Schultz's sexist hatefest all the time) has blocked me on the TWITter. I gave her these types of links all the time and confronted her multiple times with all of her lies, distortions, and hypocrisy.

"Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets". - Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver (1976).

#6 More evidence of the left's.............................

Krystall Ball............Names familiar.............didn't she perform a dance in the nude with her pet snake at the Club Exotica back in the 70's?

#7 Journalists have "ideal" victims and have degraded themselves.

Any line of work that purports to be a profession, yet lacks all of the accountability, training and certification standards of same, is hardly in any position to scream about "ideals". Tina Brown, who is not morally or intellectually fit to run a sewing circle newsletter, is out of her element.

The digs at Breitbart were those from a sociopath, while the whining over degradation of non-existent, fictitious standards and ideals comes straight from the narcissist in her.

Daily Beast/Newsweak has slipped considerably since its heyday, and having Tina Brown as its editor means it is now four steps beneath supermarket tabloids and the conspiracy theorist newsletters.

#8 Tina Brown is a viper

She'd be the type who would put anything on a magazine to sell and is the epitome of "get the widow on the set, we love dirty laundry!"

To quote Golden Girl Bea Arthur: "Tina, you're a pig in a cheap suit."

#9 cover

lost respect for her w/ the Michelle Bachmann cover; she's just another British twit.

#10 lifeline the umbilical to her "new baby" about to be cut?


#11 Tina Brown

If a lecture is to be given on Journalistic integrity shouldn’t that lecture be given by someone that has credibility? Honesty? Integrety?

Ms. Brown is at best far left liberal with none of the required intellect for adult discussion of the topic. She is not capable of understanding or speaking the truth unless it is with heavy liberal bias. She is a dedicated Obambot extraordinaire capable only of bowing and offering homage to her true god “The One” followed by many glasses of Kool-aid.

#12 ➚ I am woman hear me roar

I am woman hear me roar "Spank me! Spank me! Spank me!"

That ain't no way to treat a lady.

I'm so confused!

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